Saturday, 2 May 2015

Me Made May 2015 pledge

Ok, I'm a bit late to take the Me Made May pledge on here. I've done it over at Zoe's blog, but for the sake of completeness, here goes:

I, Danka of thepeppermintstore.co.uk, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '15. I endeavour to wear one handmade item of clothing each day for the duration of May 2015.


(For non-sewers, it's a challenge/opportunity to wear handmade items throughout May. The frequency can vary, but as you see above, I'm hoping to be able to do it every day.)

Practicalities: I'm planning to post daily photos on Instagram and perhaps do weekly round-ups on here. I'm really struggling to find time to blog regularly, so until then, find me on Instagram which I update annoyingly often.

Back to the fun: It's my first MMM, and to be honest, I am slightly nervous. Do I have enough me mades? Are they smart enough for work? Should I panic-order ALL THE FABRIC?

Deep breaths.

This has already been useful for self-insights. It's confirming that I'm very much the kind of person who gets anxious by not knowing. In this case not knowing what me mades are already in my arsenal and what is missing. So I've made a spreadsheet (yes, I am that nerdy, another self-insight) of items I have made this year, items in progress, items made in previous years that might work, items I should make. It's quite a beauty actually!

Now, if only I spent more time sewing and less time perfecting the spreadsheet.

I know the idea isn't to panic make things, but I'm treating it as an opportunity to identify gaps in my handmade wardrobe and fill them as I go along. Making cake, not icing for a month.

In summary, I'm planning to get through a month of wearing handmade clothes with a lot of basic separates. A lot of little blouses that can be either casual (weekend) or smart (Mon-Fri) depending on how they are styled. What I'm missing is a good cardigan or jacket that can be thrown over a RTW outfit when I get those days where I hate everything I've made. So the release of the Morris blazer pattern and the bank holiday weekend could not have been better timed.

On that note, I should probably get out of my dressing gown and get sewing. Let's do this! xxx